8 Percent of American Internet Users Go to Twitter, Report Says
Posted in: Internet Use/New Technologies at 10/12/2010 21:16
A new study released Thursday by The Pew Research Center found that 8 percent of Americans who are active on the Internet are enthusiastic users of the social networking service Twitter.
The study is part of a Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project that explores the changes taking place surrounding the spread of technology in the United States over a 10-year period. This portion of the survey, which was conducted in November of this year, is a subset of a question posed to Americans asking if they "used Twitter or another service to share updates about yourself or to see updates about others?"
8% of Americans use Twitter, Pew study says
Nearly one in 10 American adults who use the Internet are Twitter users.
That comes from a study released today by the Pew Research Center, which also noted that while 8% call themselves Twitter users, only a quarter of that number tweet generally every day.
Study: Twitter Use More Popular Among Young Minorities
The Pew Research Center's first-ever study that exclusively examined Twitter users found that 8 percent of U.S. adults online use the micro-blogging platform.
The survey, released Thursday from the Pew Internet and American Life Project, shows that Twitter users are disproportionately minorities, urban residents and young. Eighteen percent of Twitter users are Hispanic while 13 percent are black and 5 percent are white, according to the survey.
8% of online Americans use Twitter
This is the first-ever survey reading from the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project that exclusively examines Twitter users. In previous surveys, the Project had asked internet users whether they "used Twitter or another service to share updates about yourself or to see updates about others?"
Eight percent of the American adults who use the internet are Twitter users. Some of the groups who are notable for their relatively high levels of Twitter use include:
- Young adults - Internet users ages 18-29 are significantly more likely to use Twitter than older adults.
- African-Americans and Latinos - Minority internet users are more than twice as likely to use Twitter as are white internet users.
- Urbanites - Urban residents are roughly twice as likely to use Twitter as rural dwellers.